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Taking the pill as a teenager may lead to an increased risk for depression, even years after stopping. Shutterstock

Taking the pill as a teenager may have long-lasting effect on depression risk

Long-term or historical use of oral contraceptives may lead to an increased risk of depression in later years; understanding the risk will better inform the decision whether or not to take the pill.
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A concise history of the US abortion debate

Abortion has been a huge political issue in the US for the last 50 years. But the abortion debate is not new. It began at least a century before landmark abortions rights decision Roe v. Wade.
Demonstrators rally in support of women’s rights at the Women’s March on Jan. 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Shutterstock)

Sexist barriers block women’s choice to be sterilized

Women face extraordinary difficulty in seeking the birth control method of sterilization due to sexist reproductive norms.
Pope Paul VI banned contraception for Catholics in the 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.” AP Photo/Jim Pringle

How the Catholic Church came to oppose birth control

July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI's encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
Pro-life and pro-choice protesters rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan

How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

Over the past 45 years, women have married later, attained higher education and joined the workforce in record numbers. Could it all be turned back?
When looking for the right pill, women want to weigh up the cost, safety, efficacy and side effects of the pill. NordWood Themes

How to choose the right contraceptive pill for you

There are more than 30 different types of contraceptive pills. But brand names such as Microgynon, Levlen, Yaz and Brenda give little indication of the ingredients, dose or who should use them.
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Where Latino teens learn about sex does matter

Understanding where teens learn about sex and how that influences them can help us find ways to encourage healthy sexual behaviors, such as using condoms and birth control.

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